Three days after completing her fellowship in Integrative Medicine with Andrew Weil, MD, Sarah woke up with a full-blown case of lupus. She was suffering from swollen, red, hot joints, a malar rash (also known as a butterfly rash), and many other symptoms she wasn’t banking on. At the time, there was no specific integrative roadmap in how to treat lupus and it is still considered somewhat of a “mystery illness” by conventional doctors. As a patient traveling on this journey, Dr. Yoakam realized the medications could only get her so far.
Now, her passion lies in treating patients much like herself. She especially loves the rheumatology population, those patients suffering from autoimmune arthritis. She thought she had learned and understood suffering as a medical trainee but, it wasn’t until she hobbled the path of a patient that she realized doctors can’t begin to imagine this type of suffering from medical training alone.